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Business Studies

Business Studies

At Queen Elizabeth School, the business studies curriculum aims to give students enterprise skills and business acumen that can be applied across any industry.

By the end of the course students will be able to apply the following skills and knowledge:

  • The research that needs to be conducted before starting a business
  • How to target customers and meeting their needs
  • What external factors can impact on a business
  • Basic business financial terms and management
  • Make decisions that could affect a business

The curriculum is brought to life through the use of real life examples of businesses that have been successful alongside learning from those that may not have been. For example Dyson, Tesla and Nokia.

Key Stage 3:

Business studies is only studied at KS4 (GCSE) as an options subject.

Key sTage 4:

Students study two overarching themes. These are:

  • Investigating a small business
  • Building a business

Investigating a small business is based on what it takes to start a business from concept to creation. It looks at the following topics:

1.1 Enterprise and entrepreneurship

1.2 Spotting a business opportunity

1.3 Putting a business idea into practice

1.4 Making the business effective

1.5 Understanding external influences on businesses

Building a business focuses on how to grow businesses once they have become established. Students look at the following:

2.1 Growing the business

2.2 Making marketing decisions

2.3 Making operational decisions

2.4 Making financial decisions

2.5 Making human resource decisions

Full details of the course specification can be found here: https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/Business/2017/specification-and-sample-assessments/GCSE_Business_Spec_2017.pdf 


At the end of Year 11, students sit two 90 minute exams.


As well as the use of live case studies on successful and not so successful businesses, students will also have talks from guest speakers on business success.

Students will also have the opportunity to visit businesses to get an understanding of how they operate. This will include the opportunity to visit Cadbury’s World. 

Next Steps:


On successful completion of the course, students will have the skills and knowledge to continue to study business, either at A Level or vocationally.


Business studies will give students exposure to the wide range of industries that they can work in or it may further their desire to start their own enterprises.


Head of Department: Mr C Stainsby - cstainsby@qesluton.co.uk